Who's Who in Trail Maintenance
WTA Trail Maintenance Staff & Crew Leaders
Jane Baker - Eastern Washington
Jane adopted Spokane as home in 1984, migrating from the Midwest, "a great place to be from." During the week she is a physical therapist in an out-patient clinic. She got her first taste of trail work over 20 years ago with the Sierra Club, with whom she did Service trips in Olympic NP, Idaho, and Colorado. When word trickled down that there was an organization right here in Washington state that specialized in volunteer trail work, she jumped right in to doing Volunteer Vacations with WTA over the last 8 years, and leading work parties in Eastern Washington as a crew leader the last 3 years. Come on a work party in the Colville NF this Summer, where you have just as great a chance of running into a moose as a fellow hiker.
Marcus Bianco - Snoqualmie (North Bend) District Crew Leader
Nearly four years ago, Marcus left the east coast, trading his trusty hockey stick for a sharpened pulaski. The tools of the trail were something he first learned to wield as an Americorps participant with Seattle-based EarthCorps and then honed as an SCA intern. When he's not working on trail you may find him identifying plants, tracking wildlife, rock climbing, playing guitar, or more likely, eating vegan treats. He returns for a third season as a crew leader in North Bend.
Arlen Bogaards - Northwest Washington Crew Leader
Arlen has been leading WTA work parties in the Bellingham and Mt. Baker areas for the past several years. After growing up in Lynden, he spent many years working in the construction field. He rediscovered the wonders of nature after making a career change that afforded him more time to wander the many trails in the North Cascades. A good friend introduced him to WTA and the rest is history. If out hiking off the Mt. Baker Highway, you might find him in one of his favorite haunts, Yellow Aster Butte.
Claire Hanson - Snoqualmie (North Bend) District Crew Leader
With a mind only for the pragmatic, Claire attended the Evergreen State College to pursue a degree in philosophy. There, working on the campus grounds crew, she discovered the wisdom of the dirt. The enthusiasm she realized there has pulled her on a teaser adventure to Alaska, landed her in her tent for five months working on the Pacific Crest Trail and most recently led her to the WTA. Off the trails, her free time is often spent binding books, building furniture and learning bit by bit how to build houses with Habitat for Humanity. Claire is ecstatic to be spending this trail season with the WTA out in North Bend.
William Jahncke - Olympic District Crew Leader
As a child, William chased marmots near his grandparents' cabin in the Sierra Nevada mountains. This pastime, along with his ambitious backpacking trips with the Boy Scouts (he never made Eagle, as he was too busy hiking to bother with the necessary merit badges), inculcated in him a love of the wild. After meandering through college in Northern California, studying medieval history and literature, this Western Washington native had to come home. It was too hot down there and he missed the rain. His current favorite place on earth is the slopes of Mount Rainier along the Wonderland trail, but the moss-draped giants of the Olympic forests call to him like a siren's song.
John Longsworth - Mount Rainier Crew Leader
Born in the desert of Southern California, John moved to the Northwest to study brewing sciences at Evergreen. Mesmerized by the green, John paused college for coniferous forests and a pulaski. In between building trails and road biking, he brews ales, meads, ciders and wines. John has been building trails full-time since 2008 and worked on the Glacier Basin reroute for almost two seasons. His favorite hikes surround the Western side of Mount Rainier.
Zachary McBride - Skykomish District Crew Leader
Zachary moved to Seattle about two years ago to do some service work for EarthCorps. A backpacker coming from the Appalachians, he immediately fell in love with the mountains of the West and the weather that they brought. The endless terrains and climates of Washington helped keep him here to do some excellent work with WTA. He is looking forward to getting to know the Skykomish area better as he builds trails and hands out cookies at work parties. Other than trail work and backpacking, he enjoys riding and maintaining his motorcycle. He also likes local ethnobotany and native plants.
Haley Miller - Southwest Washington Crew Leader
This is Haley's first season with WTA and she couldn't be more excited about it. Haley spent her formative years in the most excellent city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, but moved out to the Pacific Northwest in search of larger and more snow-topped mountains. Haley has spent the past 5 years working with the Student Conservation Association and the Pacific Crest Trail Association. Still somewhat new to the area, Haley is looking forward to discovering her new favorite hike(s) working with the WTA this season!
Mike Owens - Chief Crew Leader
If you're from the greater Seattle area and have ever been out on a mid-week work party, odds are that you've met Mike. He has more than 2000 days under his belt and leads mid-week trail maintenance crews throughout the year. His strong following of volunteers come back time and again because of his fun work parties. Join Mike on the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest for a Tuesday through Friday and you'll be sure to have a good time.